In your quest to get over Achilles tendinitis, you might try wearing an Achilles support brace. They can be helpful when the pain gets unbearable and it becomes necessary to immobilize it. And ankle brace can also be used as a preventative measure if you are person who has a history of persistent Achilles tendinitis.
Athletes like to wear them to provide extra support and partially restrict the range of motion of the tendon while they exercise. They are especially popular with long-distance runners who put great stress on the Achilles and frequently have soreness or pain there.
If you haven’t tried one yet, you might want to check out an Achilles heel pad before you move straight to a support brace. The heel pad is a sock-like bandage that you slip over your foot and ankle to give a modest amount of support to the Achilles.
If you’re pain is of the mild or moderate variety, this could be a first step before actually purchasing a brace. And then there is of course kinesiology tape that you can use as well.
The Aircast Airheel
The support brace that I prefer is the Aircast Airheel which uses pneumatic compression to improve blood circulation and reduce swelling. The way it works is it has two interconnected air cells on the back of the Achilles tendon and under the foot arch.
When you walk, air is forced between the two chambers in such a way that it applies compression on the Achilles and reduces pressure on the tendon. It slips on like a sock also and is adjusted with a simple strap.
If you need more support than a heel pad or tape will give you, I recommend you check this product out. It’s good for sports, but you can also wear it all day without any problems and it will give you a lot of help with your tendinitis.